Alabama is about to become an “Affidavit Marriage” state, in September 2019. The traditional marriage license is about to be replaced by an affidavit document system, which means a couple will need to report to an Alabama county courthouse to register themselves as legally married.

A marriage ceremony will no longer be a requirement in order for a marriage to be recognized as legally binding. However, I will be offering a Alabama Covenant Marriage Ceremony for couples who want and recognize the value of a ceremony.

The new “Affidavit Marriage” process is offered in some states, like Colorado, and is the typical process of marriages in other countries where the affidavit part registers the marriage as a recognized civil marriage then the couple follow up with a minister for a ceremony recognized church marriage. The Alabama system will accommodate with either the affidavit part first or the church ceremony part first.

Until then, an Alabama marriage license must be purchased, from any Alabama state county courthouse prior to the wedding ceremony. You will not need a marriage license if you are having a Vow Renewal.

You can find Alabama marriage license information at my Marriage License page. If you are planning for a wedding in September 2019 or later, please visit the Alabama Covenant Marriage Ceremony page.

You may also find these pages helpful: Officiating Fees, Booking Information, Photography Helps, and Officiating Policy.

Please contact me if you have any questions or visit one of the following pages for more information on getting married at any of these local: Gulf Shores • Dauphin Island • Mobile • Point Clear • Fairhope • Fort Morgan • Orange Beach • West Mobile Chapel.